The Scouting Trail: Week TwoProspects
After spending Opening Weekend of The Scouting Trail driving back and forth on I-40 between Wake Forest and NC State, I decided to scout at just a single location in Week Two. Where better to camp out for the weekend than Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta? With UCLA in town to face Georgia Tech, 12 of our Top 350 2019 Prospects and six of our Top 150 2020 Prospects were on hand. As for tools and talent, here’s what I saw…
No. 22 Michael Toglia 1B/OF, UCLA– Long, athletic-bodied at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Toglia looks to be in great shape. He has noticeably thinned since last summer in the Cape. Young for his draft class, he will only be 20 years old on draft day. With a loose and above-average arm, he also showed good agility, hands and actions at first base and projects to be a plus defender. At the plate he was not nearly as impressive this series compared to what he showed last spring at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. Although he mustered four hits in 14 at-bats this past weekend, Toglia seemed out of sync from both sides of the plate. During batting practice from the right side, he did a good job of staying inside the ball and using the middle of the field. During the game he pulled off the ball, managing to hook a couple doubles. From the left side he showed more lift in his swing and was tardy to the fastball during Friday’s opener as Georgia Tech pounded him inside with fastballs. Later in the series he adjusted and began to drive the ball to center field. Overall, he projects to hit for average with above-average power at the next level and is a likely Day One pick. For video and a full draft report with future tool and round range projection, please visit our partners at Prep Baseball Report Draft HQ and click on the Draft Reports tab.
What the analytics say Hitting (based on final 2018 spring statistics)
Plate Discipline: 77.9 Hit Ability: 90.9 Game Power: 91.2 Overall: 86.7 (B)